Ghostbusters is an upcoming American 3D supernatural comedy film and reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise. Directed by Paul Feig and written by Katie Dippold and Feig, the film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the title characters. The film is scheduled for a July 15, 2016, release by Columbia Pictures. The theme song to the original film titled, “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr. was remade and covered by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott for the new film.
Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. When ghosts invade Manhattan, Gilbert reunites with Yates, teaming up with a nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), and a subway worker, Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), to save the world from a mysterious evil and powerful demon known as Rowan (Neil Casey) who can exercise control over human forms.
Before the remake, various scripts and ideas for a third movie in the Ghostbusters series had long been planned. These ideas included one in which Bill Murray’s character was transformed into a ghost, and another in which the Ghostbusters went to hell. Bill Murray remained uncommited to the project and thus it was decided to make a reboot instead. The project was officially announced in 2014 with Paul Feig announced as the director. Feig has stated that he was partly inspired by the TV series The Walking Dead. Feig tweeted a picture announcing the main cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in January 2015, although it initially was unclear if the cast had been officially decided at that point. Emma Stone was approached but declined partly because “a franchise [was] a big commitment.” Cecily Strong at one point was also considered for a leading role.